After three months of campaigning for their causes, honorary mayor candidates Steven Jacobs, Jarrod Lyman, and John K Burton, are adding up their efforts and preparing for the campaign finale to be held at 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the Oakhurst Community Park Pavilion.
'We welcome the public and our members to come and support the honorary mayor candidates," said Darin Soukup, director of the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. "They've run a very good campaign and had a lot of good events and I'm excited about the momentum of the race again next year."
Events have included everything from bake sales and historical clothing fashion events to train rides and luaus.
Honorary mayor candidate Jacobs -- representing the Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum -- and his campaign manager and wife Joanne Hoover said the campaign's been a lot of fun.
"We've been amazed at how much people have wanted to help," Hoover said. "People from the local area and as far away as Fresno and Tulare have visited the Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum and either donated money or helped us to raise money."
Hoover said that they hope to keep holding some of the events that began as part of the race.
"The most fun was recreating the 1920's Millenary merit badge with Girl Scouts from Madera and Fresno counties," she said. "They were so enthusiastic and created some awesome hats."
Despite 100 degree temperatures, Hoover said their event, "Pounding Iron for Charity," was also a success as well as their talks on the first on the History of Women's Undergarments and the History of Men's and Women's Hats and they hope to keep holding these types of programs.
Lyman -- representing the Children's Museum of the Sierra -- said he's been pleased with the community's support of the museum.
"The community has been incredibly supportive as it always is when there is a worthy cause around which they can rally," Lyman said. "Not only has the campaign helped raise some much needed money for the museum, but generated a lot of interest. It's helped remind those who know about the museum, and more importantly, introduced the museum to a lot of other families who didn't know all it offers."
Lyman said the museum has some great things for kids to do and the staff has added a lot of new programs and that the campaign has helped spread the word about these new programs.
"We've met a lot of new people who are now coming to the museum because of the campaign," Lyman said. "That will help ensure that we'll have new people coming long after the campaign ends."
Lyman said he hopes the community comes out and shows support again at the July 11 finale where they'll be grilling up some burgers and hot dogs.
Burton -- representing the Eastern Madera County SPCA -- says the campaign has been great.
"The community sponsors are great and raised a lot of money and I think everybody did well," Burton said.
Burton will wrap up his campaign with "An Evening of Whine and Noses" from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Western Sierra Nursery, 49266 Golden Oak Drive in Oakhurst. There will be hors d'oeuvres, live music, a no-host bar and prizes. Tickets cost $10.
Burton, the honorary mayor winner of 2010, said this year's campaign was a little easier now that he knew what to expect and he's thankful for all the community support.
"After this many years everyone really wants to see the (SPCA) shelter built so they don't have to worry about their animals going down to Madera, so there's a big push to get it done," Burton said. "Everyone, including the Board of Supervisors, want to see this thing built."